About Steve Conway
Writer, broadcaster, journalist, IT Manager, living in Dublin, Ireland.
Author of “Shiprocked – Life On The Waves With Radio Caroline” plus many published short stories and articles.
In the late 1980s I worked offshore for Radio Caroline as Head of News and presenter (and eventually Programme Director) for the Caroline 558 service. This was a wonderful time, great radio, and great fun. I stayed with Caroline past the end of offshore broadcasting, and until the 1991 shipwreck when I was one of the people rescued by helicopter (thank you RAF!) after we ran aground on the Goodwin Sands.
More recently I spent 11 years working for Phantom 105.2 in Dublin, joining the station in 2000 during its pirate era (as Phantom FM), staying through the temporary licences of 2003/4, and the firstfive years of its fully legal incarnation.
In 2013 I was delighted to be invited to join the launch team of a new station operating from Dublin, 8Radio.com, brainchild of former Phantom founder Simon Maher.
I’ve written a book about my experiences with Radio Caroline and the last few years at sea, as we lurched from crisis to crisis (SHIPROCKED – Life On The Waves With Radio Caroline, published March 2009 by Liberties Press) .
I’m currently completing a second full length book which will bring the story up to date and include both my time with Phantom and other stations, as well as my return to Caroline (now transmitting via satellite and online) in 2010.
With the encouragement of my agent at the wonderful Seven Towers Agency I have had several short stories published, and am also working on a third nonfiction book (travel related) which I hope to complete in 2014.
I’m a great believer in bringing the printed word to life, and take part in regular readings and open-mic events at least twice a month in Dublin and other parts of Ireland, as well as reading and speaking at events in the UK and further afield.
I have written news and lifestyle articles for publications in the UK and Ireland, including Hotpress.
The above activities share space in my life with an ongoing career in IT Service Management, which is the bit that pays the bills!
Personality wise, I am a complicated mixture of introvert and entertainer. Politically I’d describe myself as encompassing aspects of both “wings” – I describe myself as an authority-loving anti-authoritarian, left and right wing hippy individualist goth indie pop prog rock album track single hit lover, in love with technology but pining for my simple past as a sailor.
Musically my tastes are very varied, in my time I have played everything from soft pop to hard rock via goth, indie, country and blues, and enjoyed it all.
Although my offshore pirate days with Radio Caroline are far in the past now, they have never left me, and truth be told there is hardly a week goes by that I don’t think wistfully of how nice it would be to be 18 miles out in the middle of a moonlit sea playing music and just hanging out.
I’d love to live in a huge library on board a radio-ship in International waters, but just for now, I’m happy to live in the real world.